• The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★½

    After finishing the novel, i can confirm that Kubrick’s vision of this story might even be more nuanced than that of the original source material’s author, fully reimagining the directions King decides to move the plot towards, and in the process somehow making an adaptation that is so distinctly Kubrick. This isn’t to say that King’s book, which is a real page-turner, lacks proper depth or anything along those lines, I think it gets you in the head of the…

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★★★★★

    I seem to be having a hard time reviewing this one. On one hand, this movie has so many obvious flaws, like uncompelling writing, a few unnatural feeling acting performances (which is to be expected given the structure of the movie being filmed with the same actors over 12 years), and a coming of age story that loses some of its steam in the middle portion, yet despite all this, the connection i felt here was unwavering, and only strengthened…

  • Dogtooth

    Dogtooth

    ★★★

    The simultaneously monotonous yet deeply humorous style of Lanthimos takes some getting used to, there’s no denying that, but this commitment to being unconventional that the director is acclaimed for falters a bit in this movie, opting for some uninteresting and predictable plot devices despite the symbolism that feels other-worldly and succeeds on unsettling its audience. This being my least favorite Lanthimos film basically comes down to me not feeling personally moved in the slightest by anything on screen. There’s…

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★★

    This is what the movie of a decade looks like. Besides functioning as a purely emotive piece, which it thrives at, Moonlight also represents a greater shift in the type of cinema that is resonating with modern audiences. Moonlight’s win over La La Land at the Oscars in 2017 can be seen as one of the most triumphant moments in film history, not just for its dramatic circumstances, but how a story exploring a queer black kid beat out a,…

  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★★★

    Relentlessly touching despite an admirable determination to not shy away from the bleak reality of poverty and the places that it drives people. The Florida Project deals with the darkest situations of life both in a playful and a depressingly cold way, either representation would be satisfactory for a film of this subject, but the fusion of the two creates a mixture so incredibly unique, that I was constantly taken aback. Humanity and even whimsy can sometimes best be found…

  • We're All Going to the World's Fair

    We're All Going to the World's Fair

    ★★★½

    I may not have been able to connect with We’re All Going to the World’s Fair in the way I had hoped, but the filmmaking on display is so outwardly vulnerable and personal that I wouldn’t necessarily consider my failure to fully connect with the main character as a detriment to the film, because at the end of the day this vision of representing loneliness in the internet age was realized to its full potential. It succeeds in doing something…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★½

    On a purely visceral level of gut reaction and investment, Whiplash may be one of the greatest films ever made. The film is perfectly paced, there’s no doubt about that, achieving the perfect balancing act between those high energy, high stress, sequences of total immersion, and quality character drama. My hesitance to give this a perfect score, however, is just how reminiscent Whiplash is to its predecessors, most notably, the Aronofsky films which explore the same concepts of obsession and…

  • All About Lily Chou-Chou

    All About Lily Chou-Chou

    ★★★

    I started listening to the All About Lily Chou-Chou soundtrack a few weeks ago when i discovered that Mitski recorded a cover of the ending credits song of the film, entitled “glide.” I loved Mitski’s performance of the song, but there’s something about the way that dreamlike sound is delivered on the original soundtrack that keeps me coming back to the previous version. Upon first listening to it, I became almost instantaneously enamored by the songs that were released alongside…

  • Speed Racer

    Speed Racer

    ★★★★½

    A relatively basic action flick type of story, yet each individual component of the film is executed in the most charmingly unconventional manner imaginable, ultimately winning me over after I initially found much of the outward goofiness to come across as unbearably corny. My change of heart can mostly be attributed to the fact that watching this gave me an overwhelmingly pleasurable experience. From the vivid, booming color backdrops to the unexpectedly delightful comedy, I unashamedly ate up every idiosyncrasy…

  • Moulin Rouge!

    Moulin Rouge!

    ½

    Moulin Rouge is, in all honesty, the singular most violently unintelligible film I have ever come across. Each and every direction this story takes is executed in the most chaotic way possible, which causes the film to lose all sense of coherence about five minutes in, while never taking any step back to try and reel its audience back in. With the complete overload of stimulating (sometimes nauseating) visuals on screen, i cannot confidently retell any specific aspect of this…

  • The Red Shoes

    The Red Shoes

    ★★★★★

    It took up until about the stunning 15 minute continuous dance sequence for me to realize that this is evidently one of the greatest films ever made, but even before that point arrives, The Red Shoes is breathtaking in every aspect. The lavish technicolor tones meet the eye in a way that is so distinctly cinematic, leaving me as a viewer awestruck towards the level or artistry on display here. It’s not one of those movies that will hypnotize you…

  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    ★★½

    The most important thing I took away from this movie is that men need to stop attempting to tell stories of women’s suffering, especially those of sexual violence, when they haven’t ever experienced, or even faced the threat of experiencing the act of violence that their film is exploring. The structure Ridley Scott employs here is by all means a refreshing new tool for getting the most out of a narrative, which would be rendered incredibly effective if it was…